In a new report from Vulture, allegations against Jeff Ross having relationships with underaged girls in the early 2000s have been brought to light. In case you didn’t know, the 54-year-old comic has long been hailed for his Comedy Central Roasts.
Vulture’s investigation claims Ross had a relationship with Jessica Radtke back in 1999. She was 15-years-old at the time and he was 33-years-old. According to Page Six, the 36-year-old Radtke documented her relationship with Ross on a public Facebook page. It goes by the name, “Iwas15hewas33.”
This all comes after the sexual misconduct allegations against multiple comics, including Chris D’Elia and Bryan Callen. Vulture says Jessica’s story went largely unnoticed until the reports regarding Chris came out.
In June, Pallavi Gunalan, a comic as well, took to her Twitter to warn fans to get ready for the onslaught of other men in the comedy scene to face sexual misconduct accusations. She said there must be “20+” men in comedy who women are discussing when no one is around.
THREAD: TRIGGER WARNING!
This woman provides A LOT of evidence in this video and statement below that when she was 15 and JEFF ROSS was 33, they were in a sexual "relationship" in which he allegedly also raped her while she was sleeping
Iwas15hewas33 on Facebook and Instagram. pic.twitter.com/xcfvBPeTCH
— Pallavi (@PallaviGunalan) June 19, 2020
Vulture also says that jokes regarding Ross’ relationship with young girls have persisted for years, including in 2019, when Alec Baldwin and Nikki Glaser said Jeff got “teens,” rather than “tens.” Carolina Rhea also said Jeff was a “staple on the roasting circuit,” but a “predator” at “high-school dances.”
During a conversation with Vulture, Amy Schumer also commented on his sexuality, stating that as much as she loves Jeff, whom she considers to be his friend, many of his girlfriends are “alarmingly young-looking.”
Regarding Jessica’s story, Radtke says she became increasingly concerned about Jeff when she helped Ross move out of his home and discovered Polaroid pictures of underage girls, many of which didn’t have pubic hair.
In a statement posted to his account on the 22nd of June, Ross wrote that he has never engaged in a sexual relationship with an underage girl. Moreover, he says he’ll be filing a lawsuit against Radtke. Ross says Radtke and her husband have been harassing him for years, and that she has mental health problems.